Marine Pharmacology Links

  • PharmaMar (http://www.pharmamar.com/Default.aspx) is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops marine-based compounds for the treatment of cancer.  PharmaMar is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and is an operating unit of Zeltia, a publicly traded Spanish holding company.

  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Center for Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research , Florida Atlantic University (http://www.fau.edu/hboi/mbbr/.) The primary mission for the Center for Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research is to discover marine natural products with utility as medicines or as tools to allow us to better understand the molecular basis of disease.

  • The Marine Biodiscovery Centre, University of Aberdeen, School of Natural and Computing Science, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/ncs/departments/chemistry/marine-biodiscovery-1280.php) was established in 2010 and its research predominantly concerns marine natural product chemistry including microbial strain isolation, genome mining, chemical isolation, and structural determination using spectroscopic methods. Scientists in the Marine Biodiscovery Centre engage in exciting projects focused on the discovery of biologically active molecules in a range of disease areas such treatments for parasitic infections, cancer, bacterial/fungal infections, and inflammation.

  • Perha Pharmaceuticals ("From Sea to Pharmacy")(https://www.perha-pharma.com/en) is a development-stage pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of small molecule drugs (protein kinase inhibitors) against severe pathologies, namely induced hearing loss, neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer's diseases, Down syndrome), or renal diseases (Polycystic Kidney Disease). Perha Pharmaceuticals was founded by Dr. Laurent Meijer, from its parent biotech company, ManRos Therapeutics (focused on Cystic Fibrosis). Over the past decades, Dr. Laurent Meijer has gathered a deep knowledge/experience on protein phosphorylation and the development of pharmacological inhibitors of human disease-relevant protein kinases.

  • GlycoMar (http://www.glycomar.com) is an innovative biotechnology company that discovers and develops anti-inflammatory drugs based upon the glycobiology of marine organisms.  GlycoMar is located near Oban, Scotland.

  • BromMarin (http://www.brommarin.com/) is a spin-off from TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Technical University of Mining and Technology,  http://tu-freiberg.de in Germany with the aim of developing novel methods in marine biotechnology, marine biomaterials science, as well as encouraging research into the marine pharmacology of sponges. We utilize marine sponges of the Verongida order, which are renewable sources of both the pharmacophore Bromotyrosine and chitinous scaffolds. Bromotyrosines are essential ingredients for many synthetic pathways in marine pharmacology and the scaffolds are needed for tissue engineering applications with both human stem cells and chondrocytes. As such, BromMarin simultaneously extracts highly purified bromotyrosine metabolites in addition to the unique tubular chitinous scaffolds, resulting in maximized usage of this renewable marine resource.

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